Sick Tea 4

April 13, 2014

I wanted to write a post about the arrival of spring, the chirping of birds and the buzz of bumblebees in our glass-walled studio. (Maybe I just did, in a single-sentence-blog-post kind of way). Okay–have a photo too.


But, I am sick. This is supposed to happen in the winter, right? What’s this sneaky virus doing bothering me in April? (I know, I know, plenty of sickness occurs in the warm months, but it should be confined to winter, I say. Universe: make it so.)

Instead of reaching for my garden spade, I reached for the ingredients for my go-to sick remedy. Sick tea. I should really rename it. I’m a writer. I mean, come on.  “Sick” is not one of the ingredients, and all of the actual ingredients are perfectly good recipe-name possibilities. But I’m sick. So I haven’t. You can have a go if you like.

[In a perfect world, I’d also be making Jeni’s Influenza Prescription sorbet, with all the best things for a sore throat. I digress, but you should check it out.]

Sick tea has only three ingredients. Well, four if you include the water. Ginger, lemon and honey. But it is the best, THE BEST for sore, scratchy throats and general malaise.

You peel a good two inches of fresh ginger and chop it fairly small, then boil it in a saucepan full of water for about ten minutes. I let mine steep in the water overnight, or all day, until I’ve drunk all the tea and need to start again. The longer you leave the ginger in, the spicier (read: better) the tea gets. To drink, just pour the tea through a small strainer into your tea cup (either hot or cold-t0-be-reheated), add a few squeezes of lemon juice (and throw the lemon slices in too if you want), and a bulging teaspoon of honey. I always want to be generous to myself with the honey when I’m sick. (Or when I’m healthy, come to think of it.)


And now I must shuffle to the kitchen to make another batch. What do you like to drink when you’re sick? And what comfort foods do you crave? Don’t get me started on the cantaloupe I’m coveting right now…

XO (sniff)



1 AL { 04.13.14 at 3:58 pm }

Ria, I’m sick too!!
The flu in April?! I am aghast. Also quite pissy if I’m being honest.

2 Ria Voros { 04.13.14 at 4:27 pm }

Ack! It’s terrible, isn’t it? I hope this means we’ve done our time for 2014. Feel better soon!

3 Hannah { 04.13.14 at 10:19 pm }

Boo to flu! That is the tea that always makes me feel better too…and which I always forget to make. Thanks for the reminder. We are heading in the opposite direction – towards winter and the “dreaded lurgies”. When I am sick I require baths with lavender oil and to be served dense and moist flour-less chocolate cake. It’s not too much to ask, is it? (I get a little, ahem…Marie-Antoinette-esque, shall we say, when unwell) x

4 Maegan { 04.14.14 at 3:07 am }

I was at an uncle’s house in Thunder Bay in February (if that means nothing to you, count yourself lucky!). I was sick and feeling miserable and he kindly offered to make me a blueberry tea. I was so grateful; a nice pot of sweet, hot tea would be just the thing. Well, damned if blueberry tea isn’t just a hot cup of booze! I will say this: I sure felt better 🙂

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